Connecting For Life Cork

Cork City FC supports the Connecting for Life project to promote mental health and reduce suicide and self-harm.


Cork Community Healthcare, in partnership with local organisations and community & voluntary groups, is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for the region. Martin Ryan, Suicide Resource Officer for Cork City & County, and part of the team preparing the local action plan explained:

The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) developed a new national strategy for suicide prevention called, Connecting for Life in 2015. The strategy incorporates international best practice, builds on previous prevention measures and aims to reduce the risk factors for suicidal behaviour.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and we all need to be aware of what we can do individually and as part of our community to promote mental health and reduce suicide

Currently, a number of focus groups are being held with key priority groups across the Cork Region on the themes of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and Wellbeing. We are delighted at the enthusiasm of the participants to contribute and have their opinions heard. We also want to hear from the wider community.

Martin is hoping to discuss the Connecting for Life strategy aim and objectives, with a clear view of the strategy’s 7 Goals in terms of the national picture, plus how this is translated to the development of the Cork plan. Martin will also discuss the latest statistics available in terms of the suicide rates and self-harm rates in Cork city and county, while giving an overview of the current plan for community involvement, public surveys and development up to now in terms of the Cork plan, inclusive of short term, and medium term plans for discussion at the forums.

During the month of September 2016, we want as many people as possible to tell us what they think should be included in the local plan. Please come to one of workshops listed below to have your voice heard.

The venues are:

Togher Community Centre 5th September 2016 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Knocknaheeny Youth Centre 6th September 2016 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Adair Hall Fermoy 12th September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Kinsale Acton’s Hotel 13th September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Mallow Youth Centre 14th September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Carrigaline Community Building 20th September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Midleton Park Hotel 21st September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Ird Duhallow Community Building 29th September 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Maritime Hotel, Bantry 4th October 2016 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Please check locally in case any dates or venues change.

If you are between the age of 12 and 26, please complete the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/youthsurveycork

In addition, any age group can complete the following survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CorkPublicsurvey


Please visit www.connectingforlifecork.ie for more information or contact Martin Ryan, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE, St Stephen’s Hospital Campus, Sarsfield Court, Glanmire, Cork.

Office line (021) 4659746

Mobile (087) 3287094


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